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Grammys 2014: From Macklemore To Rihanna, Music's Biggest Stars Shine

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26:  Katy Perry attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Katy Perry attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 56th annual Grammy awards kicked off Sunday night (Jan. 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hosted by LL Cool J, the awards show brings out the biggest names in music.

The night was led by Jay Z, who was nominated for nine Grammy awards. He began the evening up for honors such as Best Rap Performance for his "Manga Carta Holy Grail" track "Tom Ford," and received two nominations in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category for "Part II (On the Run)," his recording with wife Beyonce, and "Holy Grail," his single with Justin Timberlake.

Other artists who started strong included Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The 2014 Grammys highlight performances from some of the year's hottest artists. The stage at the Staples Center plays host to everyone from showstopper Beyonce to breakout performer Lorde to Grammys veteran Taylor Swift.

Keep up with all the Grammys action in the live blog below.

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"Random Access Memories" was named Album of the Year, the fifth total Grammy Award Daft Punk won on Sunday night.

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The performance was taken to another level with the addition of Madonna, who lent her vocals to the "Heist" track by transitioning into a rendition of "Open Your Heart." Hours before the show, news leaked that Macklemore and Madonna's performance would host the marriage ceremonies of 33 couples, to be officiated by Queen Latifah.

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"Get Lucky" had a big night. More here.

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"Get Lucky" wins Record of the Year, meaning two robots have to accept a Grammy.

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Wow! Lorde is our ruler now.

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Everything was great about that Carole King and Sara Bareilles performance. More here.

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